FOOD DAIRY

Christmas Centrepiece

Christmas centrepiece

Try this easy and tasty centrepiece for the Christmas table.

You can also dip strawberries in dark chocolate and pile whole nuts around the base.rsz edible centrepiece happy xmas

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First peel and shape a pineapple and place on a half an apple as the base.

Next arrange your fruit with toothpicks.

Blueberry Bliss

 BLUEBERRY BLISS

Combine the benefits of a delicious raw summer salad with a fresh Nori sheet for a perfect summer lunch. 

These bliss balls have been infused with a delicious blueberry powder! Otherwise the recipe is pretty much the same as your standard bliss ball!

½ cup each of

  •        Sesame seeds
  •         Pumpkin seeds
  •         ORGANIC BLUEBERRY POWDER
  •         Dates

¼ cup each of

  •            Chia seeds
  •           Flax seeds

Soak dates for half a day and toss everything into a food processor. Melt a little coconut oil and add if consistency is too dry, or if too wet add a little  dry coconut.

When the mixture sticks together, roll into balls and coat in cocao powder, blueberry powder or coconut. Store in the fridge and eat with your favourite herbal tea. Enjoy the high dose antioxidant the blueberry powder provides, along with protein and fibre.

SAGE LEAF CHIPS

SAGE LEAF CHIPS

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“Why should a man die while sage grows in his garden,” Martin Luther.

Ingredients:

A bunch of freshly picked silver or purple sage leaves

A few tablespoons of good quality coconut oil

Method: Throw the leaves – a few at a time- into the hot oil and fry until crispy – just a few seconds until they stop sizzling – meaning the moisture has been removed. Remove onto a serving platter (or straight on top of a salad) and sprinkle with kelp, sea or Himalayan salt.

These are deliciously crunchy with a delicate flavour.

Benefits: Sage leaves are believed to help lower blood sugar levels, are anti microbial and antioxidant. They contain the vitamins A, C and B and calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium and small amounts of manganese, zinc, copper, sulphur, silicon, phosphorus and sodium.

So make this unpretentious herb centrepiece at your next evening meal.

(Avoid if pregnant and breast feeding as they can dry up the flow of milk). 

 

ELDERBERRY FLOWER VINEGAR

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ELDERBERRY FLOWER VINEGAR

My elderberry tree is in full flower now (December) and I am reluctant to take too many flowers because there is so much to be done with the berries later in summer. 

Method: Either dry or place fresh elderberry flowers into a jar with a good quality fermented vinegar and place in a dark cupboard for a couple of months. Strain the liquid and reserve the vinegar. 

Benefits: Elderflowers (Sambucus nigra) contain flavonoids such as quercertin which gives them potent antioxidant properties as well as antiviral, immunostimulating, anti inflammatory, diuretic and antidiabetic properties.

Note: If you don't have access to an elderberry - think about growing your own tree! Not only is it a beautifully graceful shade tree - it is medicinal!!

  

 

 

ELDERBERRY, APPLE AND WALNUT CRUMBLE

ELDERBERRY, APPLE AND WALNUT CRUMBLE WITH CLOTTED VANILLA BEAN CREAM

  1. Don’t measure anything!rsz elderberry apple and walnut crumble with vanilla bean clotted cream
  2. Pick a handful or more of ripe elderberries
  3. Core and chop a few apples
  4. Cook down on a low heat with a dash of water
  5. Sweeten if needed with Stevia drops to taste

Actually you can just stop here and top with the cream, or...

  1. Make crumble topping by melting 50gm of butter
  2. Stir in couple of good handfuls each of shaved coconut, chopped walnuts and almond meal.
  3. Again sweeten with a little melted honey and/or Stevia to taste
  4. Pile on top of fruit and back till golden

 

 

 

CLOTTED VANILLA BEAN CREAM

CLOTTED VANILLA BEAN CREAM

  1. Mix equal quantities of organic cream and properly fermented yoghurt.
  2. Place cream/yoghurt into a yoghurt maker or hot water cupboard overnight
  3. Stir in some unsweetened vanilla bean paste and place a good dollop on your hot crumble

Delicious and healthy!

Note: Elderberries have a similar taste and texture to blueberries – and are like their smaller cousins. Always make sure you identify your trees. Don't eat unripe berries.